CLINTON - The NIACC baseball team dropped a 13-5 decision in eight innings to Kirkwood in the second round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament Friday afternoon at Ashford University Field.
Kirkwood, however, scored 10 runs in the eighth inning and held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to advance via the eight-run rule.
NIACC (36-19-1) plays Iowa Central at 9 a.m. on Saturday in an elimination game. Kirkwood plays Southeastern in the winner's bracket final at 3 p.m. Saturday.
In Friday's game, Kirkwood pitchers held NIACC to five hits over eight innings. Sophomore designated hitter Bryce Ball was 2 for 3 and scored one run.
NIACC starter Brandon Williamson pitched seven-plus innings allowing seven runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
Williamson became NIACC's career strikeout leader with 151. He passed Dan Loats (2015-16), who was the career leader with 148. Williamson also became the all-time single-season strikeout leader at NIACC with 104 passing Derek Lieurance (1016), who had 96.
NJCAA Region XI tournament
Wednesday's play-in game
Northeast CC 11, Iowa Lakes 9
Ellsworth 8, Iowa Central 7
Kirkwood 9, DMACC 1 (8)
NIACC 7, Northeast CC 2
Southeastern 16, Ellsworth 8 (8)
Kirkwood 13, NIACC 5 (8)
DMACC 11, Northeast CC 3 (8)
9 a.m. - Iowa Central vs. NIACC (elimination game)
Noon - DMACC vs. Ellsworth (elimination game)
3 p.m. - Southeastern vs. Kirkwood
Note - Two elimination games are set for noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday with the championship game set for 6 p.m. Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at noon on Monday.